The Oxford Advanced Course in Pain and Symptom Management was delighted to welcome a doctor and a nurse from Moldova this summer. Here are their thoughts about their experience:
“The advanced course, without doubts, exceeded our expectations. That was already anticipated getting in advance the on-line access to the course presentations. The total level of the presented information, despite the topic, was in accordance with the highest standards of the
both: education and palliative care. All the presenters, without exceptions, made their academic stories accessible for perception and captured the new, necessary and important information in palliative care.
Our great discovery among the presented topics were “Supporting young adults with life limiting conditions” by Jo Elverson and “Rehabilitation within Palliative Care” by Matthew Maddocks. We also had a pleasant and safety diving to the depth of palliative care drugs together with Andrew Wilcock and Paul Howard. Some new aspects of the neuropathic pain were brilliantly presented by Annina Schmid. “Liver Disease” by Wendy Prentice, “Cough” by Sean Parker and “Mouth care” by Laura Daly were excellently presented as symptoms’ control. Sarah Charlesworth gave the chronological overview of the Palliative Care Formulary’s history.
Derek Willis surprised us with the never ended story of ethical issues and it was also worth to listen to the Tony O’Brien’s point of view regarding the Cannabinoids use in Medicine.
It was also our great pleasure to meet Mary Miller, who was discovered by us as a great facilitator during the 2-day course and very interesting conversationist in private talks. She also easily conducted the recently introduced Mentimeter system of the online and immediate evaluation of the sessions and presenters.
All the scientific information will be definitely shared with our colleagues at work and also further mentioned at our educational events organised by the Foundation we work for, aiming the ongoing education for students and healthcare professionals, providing proper references.
We also were pleasantly surprised by the raised attention of other participants in the course both from Great Britain and the overseas countries, who sincerely showed their interest in the state of palliative care in Moldova, level of life, national traditions and culture of the country.”